A Catholic priest said Wednesday that people should refrain from trying to contact the spirits of the departed because they could end up being possessed.
Father Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media, issued the statement because games like “spirit of the glass” to contact the dead are popular during Halloween.
“Kaya nga may exorcism, kasi there are spirits all over. Ang tinuturo ng simbahan sa atin is there are good and bad spirits. If the good spirit is sent out, on purpose yan. Ang problema–kaya nga may warning na tayo sa mga Oiuja board at mga new age, mga divination… These are true, ha, you open up avenues for Satan for possession…for fooling you,” he said in an interview.
The CBCP official said those who want to talk to the departed cannot be sure what they will be communicating with.
“Yun din. Baka hindi sila ‘yung pumasok dyan. Ano power mo? Ano protection mo? Hindi ba ang spirit is more powerful than the flesh? Kasi hindi mo kita e. Puwede ka pasukin. God sends (spirits) for a purpose. Hindi ba, ang angel, spirit? Satan is a spirit,” he said.
He said people should just pray for the dead instead. — JDS, GMA News